Emmys 2018: Keep an eye on ‘Grace and Frankie’ in Best Comedy Series

To date, Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” has not earned Best Comedy Series nominations at the Emmys or Golden Globes, nor appeared in the Best Comedy Ensemble line-up at the SAG Awards. Yet, the show, now in its fourth season, is something to keep a close eye on heading into the 2018 Emmys.

This season of “Grace and Frankie” found its title characters in a whirlwind of crises. Grace (Jane Fonda) battles a knee injury that leaves her with doubts over her new relationship with the younger Nick (Peter Gallagher). Meantime, Frankie (Lily Tomlin) discovers she has been declared legally dead, a bizarre development that leaves her pondering where life has taken her.

Over its first three seasons, “Grace and Frankie” has gained in Emmy nominations each year. After scoring one bid for Tomlin in 2015, it doubled that with nominations in Best Comedy Actress (Tomlin again) and Best TV Contemporary Costumes in 2016. Then, in 2017, the series again doubled its haul from the year prior, this time earning four bids, in Best Comedy Actress (Tomlin and Fonda), Best TV Contemporary Costumes and Best TV Production Design (Half-Hour or Less).

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While the series may not again double in recognition, garnering a stunning eight nominations, it must still be watched in the top category, especially with two of last year’s Best Comedy Series nominees, “Master of None” and “Veep,” sitting out this year at the Emmys.

“Grace and Frankie” may even prove a threat in a category like Best Comedy Writing, consideration the Season 3 episode “The Burglary” surfaced at the most recent Writers Guild of America Awards – its first appearance there. Nominations are also plausible in Best Comedy Supporting Actor, for veterans Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, and Best Comedy Guest Actress, for Lisa Kudrow, Marsha Mason and Talia Shire.

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